The first thing that happens is you get sad, because you think, ‘Oh wait, I like Cynthia Watros (Nina), I like Val’s money, I like my character!’ And when Jax showed up, I felt myself bristle. We spend so much time acting as these characters, they become part of our psyches. So if something bad happens to Valentin, there’s that moment where I have to shake it off. ‘That’s right. That’s not who I am!’ And then I go, ‘Wow, what great drama!’
He does his best to get into the bad seed's head, he noted:
What I enjoy is trying to find the vulnerability in him. I’ve played a lot of bad guys, and early on, you scowl and you posture. But Val’s level of aggression and pathos comes from protecting something. What I try to tap into is that humanity. What damaged part of him is he trying to protect? So while everybody’s throwing stones at him, if I’ve done that, I feel pretty good about the day’s work.
Will we see a possible Valentin vs. Michael (Chad Duell) battle? Michael has a kid with Nelle (Chloe Lanier), AKA the possible long-lost daughter of Valentin's long-suffering ex Nina. Stuart quipped that EP Frank Valentini might not want this battle:
The problem is we are the two biggest wiseasses on the show. We have a very hard time looking in each other’s eyes without cracking up. Frank may rue the day he put us together!